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BOPA Event in Dallas - Recycling Batteries Oil Paint Antifreeze

Set Your Calendar for the November BOPA Event in Dallas

As the Dallas Sanitation Services department tells us, there are some things that simply can’t be thrown away in the trash or recycled at municipal recycling centers or paying recycling facilities like Encore Recyclers. This material is important to dispose of properly—but it’s also dangerous and difficult to work withHowever, there is a solution! The city of Garland, the city of Dallas, and Encore are all concerned with the health of our community and our environment, so we thought we’d let you know about an upcoming opportunity to dispose of some of your hazardous materials ethically and responsibly. The city of Dallas puts on BOPA collection events a few times every year, and the next one is coming right up on November 11th. Mark your calendars—it’s time to do some good in the community by getting rid of these materials the right way.

What is all this BOPA stuff, anyway?

BOPA stands for Batteries, Oil, Paint, and Antifreeze. These are fairly common materials that many Dallas residents have, but cannot be disposed of safely through the city’s usual trash collection system.

On November 11th, though, residents of Dallas County—which includes most Garland residents—may bring their BOPA materials to the BOPA Mobile, which will be at 5639 Forest Lane. Waste collection will happen on this day between 8am and 11am.

Be sure to note that BOPA includes oil filters as well as liquid oil. Oil filters are also dangerous to throw in the regular trash—but they can also be picked up for free at this upcoming collection event!

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Recycling Lead Batteries in Dallas, TX

Recycling Lead Batteries

Can you recycle lead batteries in Texas? If so, how do you recycle them? What recycling centers accept lead batteries?

If you have questions about recycling lead batteries in Texas, this article will answer all of your questions, and give you tips for how best to go about recycling them.

Is Recycling Lead Batteries Legal and Safe?

At Encore Recyclers, we’re very concerned with following all the laws and regulations regarding recycling scrap metal, especially when it comes to hazardous materials, and we are also committed to our customers’ and employees’ safety. We also seek to be leaders in environmental concerns.

Fortunately, recycling lead batteries is very safe, legal, and environmentally friendly. This means that you’re welcome to bring lead batteries into Encore Recyclers anytime.

In fact, lead battery recycling is one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of recycling, because lead batteries can be recycled so easily. Furthermore, it takes only 35% to 40% of the energy to recycle lead, as opposed to getting it from ore.

When lead batteries are sent away for recycling, they are broken down with a hammer mill and then placed into a vat of liquid that separates the heavier lead from the lighter plastic casing. The plastic and lead are both recycled.

Even the acid used in these batteries is recycled. It can either be neutralized and turned into water, or made into sulfates, which are commonly used in the textile and glass industries, as well as in detergents.

Most new batteries contain between 60% and 80% recycled plastic and lead. This means that your old battery can be a huge part of protecting our planet.

Does Recycling Lead Batteries Pay?

You will be paid for recycling lead batteries. This pay will be based primarily on the current price of lead, as that is the material that has the highest value and makes up the most of the battery.

This means that pricing can fluctuate a bit, as with other forms of scrap. A single lead battery won’t be worth a ton of money, because the amount of lead in each battery is relatively small compared to the tons by which lead is normally sold to factories and other industrial users.

However, a lead battery can make a nice addition to a load of scrap, and you can feel good about keeping the environment safe and the battery economy moving with each battery you recycle. Furthermore, recycling a lead battery is much easier than disposing of it by any other means.

Whether you replaced an old battery in your car, or you’re a serious car hobbyist or auto shop owner, you could make yourself a bit of extra money while protecting the planet by selling your old lead batteries at Encore Recyclers.

To get the most for your batteries, make sure they are clean and not cracked or otherwise ruptured when you bring them in. Separate them from your other scrap metal as well, because the price of lead differs from the prices for steel, copper, and other commonly recycled metals.

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How to Recycle Your Scrap Metal for the Best Price - Dallas, TX

Getting Ready to Recycle Your Scrap Metal

After you’ve finished a demolition or other project, you may wish to recycle your scrap metal. Scrap metal is not biodegradable, so it’s ideal for recycling. And while Encore Recyclers will buy your metal when mixed together, you may be able to achieve a better price for your scrap by separating out your scrap metals and doing a little prep work, such as removing plastic, rubber, or other contaminants. Read on to learn how to best separate and prep your scrap materials.

Clean your scrap metal

First, remove any contaminants, such as dirt, plastic, rubber, or other metals. The consumer mills that we sell to in bulk will only take clean, uncontaminated scrap metal that they can put directly into their furnaces. If we receive scrap that is free of contaminants, we are better able to pass the labor savings onto you.

For cars and other vehicles

Most scrap companies, including Encore Recyclers, will accept entire battery assemblies and entire catalytic converters. Electric motor parts can also be recycled. The field windings (parts with copper wire wound around) should be separated out from the iron and steel for the best price (armatures are very difficult to separate and might need to be chiseled out). The same goes for starters and alternators. Copper or brass radiators from older cars are valuable for scrap; you can identify copper by its bluish-green patina or by scraping the flanges of the radiator and looking for the reddish hue characteristic of copper. Aluminum radiators common in newer cars are not as valuable as coppers ones, but are still worth recycling. Heater cores are brass or aluminum radiators that can be recycled as scrap metal. With all of these parts, you can maximize the value of your scrap by removing pieces of plastic, insulation, and extraneous metals.

Separate ferrous from non-ferrous metals

Iron, steel and other ferrous metals are magnetic. For smaller pieces of metal, you may even be able to lift them out of piles of scrap metal with a large magnet.

Separate non-magnetic, stainless steel

Stainless steel is alloy containing chromium. It has a dull shine and is heavier than chrome- or nickel-plated steel. Sometimes, it may be slightly magnetic. If you do find stainless steel that’s magnetic, you should add it to your ferrous metals.

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